Dr. Kimberly Blitch
Dr. Kimberly Blitch earned her Ph.D. in Child, Youth, and Family Studies (Child Development and Early Childhood Education) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a teacher educator, Dr. Blitch uses student-centered pedagogical approaches and techniques to teach pre-service teachers about early childhood curriculum and instruction. She also coordinates internships for students, whose programs of study include early childhood development, child life, family studies, and adolescent youth development concentrations. Prior to joining The University of Alabama, Dr. Blitch worked with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, developing the qualitative methods for evaluating the Institute’s system-level intervention that serves children and families from birth to grade three. She also assisted with the development of a nutrition intervention that focuses on web-based professional development for early childhood educators. Dr. Blitch’s scholarly work examines how practices and discourses impact ethnically, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse families and children in early childhood education.